Engage: A spotlight on Christian Mission and Ministry – Winter/Spring 2020
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MCC volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, young and old. They serve with a common goal: to bring Christ to the world through relief, development and peace.
Victor Neumann is one of these volunteers, serving at Clothing Etc. in Abbotsford. His connection to MCC began as a child from the Ukraine, fleeing the devastation of WWII in a horse-drawn wagon. After reaching an MCC refugee facility in Holland, MCC helped them emigrate to Saskatchewan where Victor had a Canadian uncle.
In the 1970s while a school principal, Victor heard of the plight of the boat people and was moved, remembering his refugee journey. He says, “After I became a Christian, I had to ask myself the question: ‘well, why was my life saved during that time?’ Maybe it was my turn now to help someone who was in a similar condition.” He quit his job and went to Thailand to see where he could help.
Victor started by teaching English in the refugee camps, then arranged to work with MCC. Soon he was put in charge of Songkhla camp, which was rewarding but difficult work. “It was a very emotional experience. Sometimes I came home, and I broke down,” Victor remembers. He spent seven years caring for the “boat people”.
Later, Victor returned to Thailand, spending another 13 years organizing and running camps for Burmese refugees fleeing ethnic cleansing before returning to British Columbia. While there, he took an orphaned boy under his wing, and later sponsored his move to Canada through MCC. Timothy now lives in BC with his wife and children.
Victor says, “When I first left, my family thought I was a bit cuckoo in leaving a good paying job, principal of a school, making lots of money. But I felt that I had been a refugee once myself, and now that I look back, I have no regrets.”
Back in Abbotsford, he has volunteered regularly at the Clothing Etc. thrift store for nearly 20 years.
As National Volunteer Week approaches, we celebrate all the volunteers, like Victor, who make a difference in various ways throughout MCC. Their work and dedication doesn’t go unnoticed, and we are grateful. To find out more or get involved, visit mccbc.ca.
Brethren groups formed a “central committee” in July 1920 to co-ordinate their responses to this crisis. Together, they pledged to help hungry people, including those who were suffering in southern Russia (present-day Ukraine).
Over the next several years, the committee, which took on the name Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), provided food for as many as 25,000 people at times, as well as shipping in tractors and seeds to plant for the future.
One century later, MCC is celebrating the ministry that grew from that first endeavour. Throughout 2020, the public is invited to explore MCC’s history by participating in commemoration events, comforter making, giving opportunities, storytelling and more.
Today, MCC serves in more than 50 countries, including the U.S. and Canada, providing humanitarian relief, encouraging sustainable development and strengthening peace-building initiatives.
“The origins of MCC are rooted in a desire to see God’s justice and peace brought to those being oppressed or harmed,” says Rick Cober Bauman, executive director of MCC Canada. “It is a privilege to celebrate all those who began this work and all those who supported it.”
Thousands of people have served with MCC at home or in other countries; contributed to vital efforts such as meat canning, relief sales, thrift shops and material resources centres; supported MCC with gifts of money, kits and comforters; and in other ways experienced MCC’s work firsthand.
They have stories to tell, too. (see page 20). Anyone who wants to share a photo, video or a short vignette about their MCC experience can do so on the share your story page.
Saulo Padilla, MCC U.S. immigration education co-ordinator, shares how he arrived in Calgary, Alberta, in 1986 as an immigrant from Guatemala, and the son of a political refugee. Later, he signed up for an MCC skills training, which he called “a window to self-awareness and a path to new life opportunities.”
To continue MCC’s work and to expand it beyond this centennial year, MCC is encouraging people to give an extra financial gift through the Our Faith, Our Future centennial fundraising campaign.
MCC was called into being to help people who had been forced to leave their homes. Supporting displaced people has been a central part of the work for 100 years. Support for this centennial campaign will help expand that work, reaching even more people who have been uprooted by conflict and disaster. To donate, visit Our Faith, Our Future or call 1-888-622-6337.
“There would be no MCC without each person who has supported us in any number of ways these last 100 years,” says Bauman. “Every prayer, every dollar, every minute offered has been absolutely essential to the continued success of MCC’s mission.”
To donate, visit mcccanada.ca/centennial/our-faith-our-future, or call 1-888-622-6337.
As MCC celebrates 100 years, in the coming months we will look at how MCC has expanded beyond its beginnings. We will explore the many ministries serving locally, nationally and globally.
by Laureen F. Guenther
“If it wasn’t for MCC, I wouldn’t be here,” says Renita Hamm. “My grandparents were starving. MCC saved their lives.”
In 1918, Sara Reimer and Heinrich Kornelsen, Hamm’s maternal grandparents, lived with their parents in what was then Alexanderkrone, Ukraine.
The Russian Revolution had occurred in 1917, and anarchy reigned. The Red and White Armies engaged in a civil war, and the Reimer and Kornelsen families lived near the warfront. Soldiers moved in and out of the villages, stealing or destroying whatever they wanted.
During the 1918-1919 winter, Sara Kornelsen wrote in her memoirs, their family had overnight ‘guests’ – soldiers from the Red Army, or the White – every night for five months. Soldiers of both armies, and bands of robbers, demanded food and stole belongings, destroyed property and assaulted girls and women, and murdered hundreds of people.
“The invasion of the (soldiers) also brought lice and an epidemic of typhus, which caused many deaths,” Sara remembered. “We had no choice. The soldiers made themselves at home in our homes.”
Then famine added starvation to their sorrow. The summer of 1919 brought total crop failure. “The sun was so hot the grain burned before it could fill out,” Sara wrote. “Our vegetable crop was poor too.”
At the end of the summer, when Sara and her mother harvested their half-acre of potatoes, they carried the entire harvest home in one trip.
They started the winter with some flour and barley, but not enough to bake bread. In the attic, where they’d stored grain, they swept up the left-behind kernels, mixed with roof plaster and mouse droppings. They sorted out the grain, washed it and boiled it, then mixed that with ground beets to make flat loaves of bread. It wasn’t enough, but it was all they had.
“When we were sitting at the table with our meager rations, Russian children from the villages looked in the window and begged, ‘For God’s sake, a piece of bread,’” Sara remembered. “It was so hard to say no. We were all so hungry too. We took to drawing the window shades so no one could see when we were eating.”
Sara’s brothers found crows’ eggs, which were baked into the bread. Then they all ate the family cat.
After Easter, Sara’s oldest brother, who’d emigrated to Chicago, sent a package of flour, rice, sugar and tea. “How delighted we all were when that parcel arrived and we could, for once, all satisfy our hunger,” Sara wrote.
In spring, the hens began to lay again, and the perennial herbs began to grow.
In summer of 1920, four Mennonite men from Ukraine went to western Europe and North America, to tell their fellow Mennonites of Russia’s troubles and to plead for help. At that time, small local Mennonite relief commissions were working in various locations. When they heard the stories from Russia, they decided to join forces.
The Mennonite Central Committee held its first official meeting in September 1920, but it was more than a year before the Soviet government allowed MCC to enter Russia. Hamm says her grandfather, Heinrich Kornelsen, was on the committee distributing the first food and clothing. MCC also set up soup kitchens and fed thousands of starving Russians. Later, they brought in tractors to replace the Mennonites’ horses, lost to war and starvation.
In 1923, Sara Reimer and Heinrich Kornelsen were married. There was food again, and relative peace, but Russia was still unsettled. That same year, Heinrich left his parents and siblings and emigrated with his new wife to Canada, settling in Coaldale, Alberta. Hamm’s mother Elvira was their second daughter, born in 1926.
Elvira Kornelson married John J. Dueck. Renita (Dueck) Hamm is their seventh child.
At family and church gatherings throughout Hamm’s childhood, she heard her grandparents begin every prayer with a heartfelt outpouring of, “Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You again that You brought us here (to Canada).” “Those prayers were heard every Sunday in church,” she says. “It resonated (with me) for a long time.”
Hamm’s mother, Elvira Dueck, never forgot what her parents had suffered, and how MCC had helped them. She volunteered at the MCC Thrift Store in Lethbridge, for over 50 years. She also volunteered at her church, the hospital and other community organizations. She passed away in 2019, at the age of 92.
Hamm and her husband Bill have four grown children and two grandchildren. As her mother did, Hamm still supports MCC. Recently, she participated in an MCC quilt-making project that provides comforters for displaced persons. And like her mother, Hamm gives to her church and community.
“Thank you for listening to the Spirit,” she’d like to say to the MCC founders and volunteers who rescued her grandparents. “Thank you for (paying attention to) the news. Thank you for caring. Thank you for getting organizations like CPRail and International Harvester to come onboard and help, and for providing ways for Canada to welcome us. Thank you for asking everyone to pay attention. Thank you.”
To those of her children’s and grandchildren’s generations, she hopes to pass on another message. “We’re all God’s children,” she says. “The world is just a big, inter-connected community and we’d better pay attention to all its members. We’re not alone in this world. There’s a debt that must be paid forward. In doing that, we honour our past and our future.”
by S. Daniel Smith
Roy and Nancy Jones arrived in Spain as missionaries in 1978, starting three fellowships in Madrid suburbs between then and 2020. The most recent church plant is a roughly fifty-person fellowship in the town of Torres de la Alameda. Unfortunately, in the weeks since COVID-19 became a worldwide pandemic and ravaged Spain’s culture and economy, the Jones family has struggled to minister to a culture that needs the love of Jesus Christ now more than ever.
The Jones family is not alone in feeling the pinch associated with the virus’ impact on Spanish culture. Mario and Paola Iglesias, working in the small town of Sopela, also face stiff measures designed to halt COVID-19’s spread, but unintentionally affect mission work as well. Their struggle gives a window into the life of missionaries during a pandemic and provides a possible foreshadowing for ministers in the western hemisphere.
A new virus strikes
First appearing in Wuhan, China in late 2019, COVID-19 made its way quickly across the globe. Before full quarantine measures could take effect, it struck victims not only in China, but in at least one hundred countries around the globe. Spain, along with Italy, have borne the brunt of Europe’s tragedy. Missionaries Mario and Paola Iglesias, working in Sopela, know of two pastors who have died due to COVID-19. “We have brothers from the Church in the hospital as well,” reports Mario.
The Iglesias family, SEND International missionaries, with their two children, purposely chose Sopela because it had no evangelical presence. Since COVID-19 struck, the family has had to take all ministry online. Like many parents in North America, they’ve also had to start homeschooling their children.
Sopela is in Spain’s Basque region and is approximately 420km from Madrid, where Roy and Nancy Jones minister with ABWE.
Quarantine measures affect life and work
Quarantine measures have placed heavy strains on the Jones family ministry. “I tend to be pretty optimistic,” says Roy from his home in Campo Real (a Madrid suburb), “but in this case we are pretty much at the mercy of the government here and they’re not saying much. So far, they have been extending [the measures] by fifteen-day increments. We just have to wait and see how this develops.”
A country that used to be largely open and democratic before COVID-19’s increasing death rate, Roy now laments, “I got stopped by the Civil Guard the other day because I took the trash to a container that was farther away from our home.” Mario Iglesias adds, “It is forbidden to go out; you can only go out to buy food and [go to the] pharmacy.”
The strict measures create uncertainty on the mission field. “We haven’t had church services since March 15th and don’t know when we’ll be able to have them again,” reports Roy.
Missionary hopefuls also affected
Missionary hopefuls are also feeling the effects of the COVID-19 scare. Jordan and Jenny Standridge, missionary hopefuls to Italy, find that their move to Rome may be on hold because they can’t get out to churches in order to raise financial support. “We’ve had to cancel a few church visits,” says Jordan, who still hopes to move his family to Rome to begin language training in the summer despite the virus’ impact on fundraising.
Another concern is the rapidly growing jobless rates in America due to COVID-19. “If people lose their primary source of income, they might not be able to support us.” COVID-19 may be causing delays and roadblocks to ministry, but the Standridges are undeterred in their end goal. “Some wisdom is called for,” he says.”
COVID-19’s long-term impact on the Spanish people remains to be seen. Mario and Paola Iglesias know they will be needed once COVID-19’s threat diminishes, noting that many, “will need a hug from God and a lot of comfort,” when that day comes.
Likewise, Roy Jones believes that the Spanish culture will rebound and looks forward to a day when he can oversee the Torres de la Alameda flock in person. “We have no plans to leave,” said Roy. “This is our home.”
S. Daniel Smith is a freelance writer living in San Diego, California, with his wife of 19 years. They have three children and a beloved family cat. Dan blogs at his website: www.sdanielsmith.com.
by Frank Dabbs
After his resurrection, Jesus met his disciples on a Galilean mountain and asked them to spend the rest of their lives proclaiming the gospel. He promised to go with them to the ends of the world.
The history of Christianity for 2,000 years was shaped by the obedience of these eleven apostles to Jesus’ great commission. What do Jesus’ words mean today in the context of thousands of languages and cultures on the globe?
For two years beginning in 2017, World Partners, the mission leadership arm of the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada, listened to and learned from the leaders and members, and worked with them to reset the EMCC missions’ paradigm. The result is a church that belongs to no nation and has no borders or boundaries.
“We work with individuals and churches in pursuing how God is nudging us all to participate in His mission in the world,” says Joel Zantingh, the executive director of World Partners.
Most of the world’s Jesus followers live south of the Tropic of Cancer (latitude 23.5 degrees north).
The new paradigm recognizes that the rebalancing of Christianity southward is fundamental to missions.
No longer are Christians from Europe and North America sent out to proselytize the heathen.
Rather, Christians across the globe are now walking together to proclaim the good news.
“We work with individuals and churches in pursuing how God is nudging us all to participate in His Mission in the world through learning, connecting and mobilizing,” says Zantingh.
The World Partners assistant director, Nicole Jones-Qandah says, “we are brothers and sisters in Christ, walking together, learning together, mutually enabling and encouraging each other, praying together and and giving spiritual and financial aid where needed.”
Three words, Learn, Connect, Mobilize, summarize the re-envisioned work of the World Partners, the EMCC ministerial leadership and the church membership.
The discovery assessment process to determine the new paradigm permeated the EMCC at the congregational, ministerial, regional and national levels.
“The buy-in to the reset paradigm is encouraging because it will affect the posture and strategic direction for the churches’ relationship with global partners, for global workers, and for development initiatives,” Zantingh says.
Learn, Connect and Mobilize has five core values.
It is commission-driven, living out the way of Jesus by listening, trusting and obeying the Spirit of Jesus, and practicing sacrificial love.
It puts relationships first by fostering mutuality with Canadians and global partners.
It is cooperative, collaborating with like-minded partners in Canada and internationally.
It is integrated, engaging churches and individuals in Jesus’ mission, offering experiences that integrate development with disciple-making.
It is culturally aware, increasing the ability of all partners to serve each other with cultural awareness and sensitivity.
“We are opening a new chapter in global missions, journeying with the body of Christ together around the world, says Zantingh.
For example, in a Latin American country, EMCC is facilitating the church in enabling Christians to train and support medical workers to be sent elsewhere on the globe.
In North Africa, a Tunisian woman who considers the EMCC to be her spiritual heritage because she met Christ through EMCC missionaries, is leading house churches and aiding women in crisis because they face violence and fear due to their faith.
World Partners is meeting with EMCC pastors, members and leaders across Canada to share the new paradigm.
Zantingh says, “There are things we cannot see. What does God want to teach us? We need to develop a learning posture.
“We need to learn from one another. We need to be inquisitive, to slow down our pace of actions, to set aside the North American results-oriented culture and patiently listen and learn.”
According to Zantingh, “followers of Jesus can be more engaged in international missions because the globe has shrunk, due to ease of travel.
“There are many more opportunities for short term teams and mission assignments.”
He says, “the EMCC is shifting its mindset to develop a global heart that knows that senders and receivers have been replaced by mutuality. Christians are a global family of equals.”
“Although the church’s paradigm has change, the scriptural mandate hasn’t.” says Jones-Qandah.
She cited Micah 6, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
And Isaiah 61, “the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
For more information on the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada World Partners, check the website at www.emcc.ca/world-partners/wp-profile.
by Jack Taylor
How important is it to have God’s Word in your mother tongue and what difference has technology had in making that possible?
While the complete Bible has been translated into 650 languages, there are at least 7,000 spoken or signed languages known to be in use today. 1.5 billion people do not have the full Bible in their language even though more than 1,500 languages have access to portions of the Scripture. More than 2,500 languages across 170 countries have active translation and linguistic development work happening right now. Approximately 2,000 languages still need work to begin.
Mark (and Karen) Naylor, Fellowship International missionary to Pakistan and Northwest Baptist seminary professor, started translating the Bible into the Sindhi language in 1989. The Old Testament was completed in Muslim Sindhi in 2007 but a parallel New Testament revision in both Hindi and Muslim Sindhi is underway. They began their work in translation without technology but are committed to what technology can accomplish.
Joshua and Jenni Smolders, working as translators in Ethiopia with Wycliffe since 2012 worked initially as a linguistic researcher on the Ganza and Opo languages. Living in Gambella, close to the border with South Sudan, he now advises on the Opo Bible Translation. “100 percent of my work as both a linguist and translator is dependent on modern technology.”
Irhya and Marianne (Stirche) Mahamadou worked in Niger (now from Canada) translating the Old Testament into Tamajag Tawallammat. Swiss born Marianne started work in 2001 and married Niger born Irhya after he joined the project in 2012. Technology allows them to raise their family in a safe place while still accomplishing their dream on behalf of Irhya’s tribal group.
Naylor says “Although it has been said many times, having the word of God in your mother tongue is very powerful. The reason we are doing a Hindu Sindhi translation is not because Hindu background Sindhis cannot understand the Muslim Sindhi, but because it does not resonate with them. That is, they do not appreciate the Muslim theological terms used (name for God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, etc.) and so they are repulsed. But when they read the word in a version that uses their vocabulary, they are excited and feel that it is for them. Also, having a meaning-based translation that is at the level of a 6th grade educated person, makes the translation very accessible to the average person. Rather than reading and being overwhelmed with a sense that they are not capable of understanding, they are drawn into the text. For example, a newly literate young Muslim woman commented that she preferred to read the Sindhi NT because it was easy for her to read.”
He adds that the impact of technology cannot be overstated. What originally took three days for three people checking one Hebrew word in a Strong’s concordance is now completed using Paratext in 30 minutes with fewer errors. “Flexibility, accuracy and speed are affected. There are amazing resources in terms of indexed exegetical commentaries and lexicons as well as powerful translation checking programs.” Support teams are easily set up and accessed while “distribution has shifted from print to digital with audio versions becoming increasingly important.”
Smolders uses at least three different computer programs on a daily basis including Paratext, Fieldworks Language Explorer (FLEx), and Logos 8 Bible Software. “Four computers, an external monitor, a surge protector, and high-quality USB-pre recording microphones form the core of the hardware.” The internet is used for syncing and sharing work and “for accessing images and videos to aid in understanding the Biblical text.”
Stirche says that, “A lot of research material is available using networks like academia.edu where papers written on your topic of interest or book reviews that might be interesting and relevant for your translation can be found. The internet allows networking and accessing materials and contact with workers around the globe.”
With advanced technology, it is possible to work remotely and have working sessions via Skype with the national team on the ground. It is also easier to train national translators as computer programs are often cheaper than books and better training materials have been developed. SIL offers worldwide linguistic courses and helps, as well, training national personnel. The Home for Bible Translators in Jerusalem trains nationals in the Hebrew language (modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew), understanding the land and the culture Jesus was living in relation to Bible Translation (eng.bibletranslators.org).
Paratext’s most basic function is as a place for translators to type their translated text into a digitally indexed Bible template. Smolders says, “This means that translated works are immediately searchable (like any Bible app, with digital links to all books, chapters and verses) and exportable (you simply tell the computer what you want your book to look like in terms of columns and font and then presto! you have a perfectly formatted PDF). In addition to this, Paratext allows the translators to read commentaries, translation notes, and other Bible translations (from almost any language available) all in the same place. It also allows for spelling, punctuation and grammar checking (all configurable within the program to fit the target language), checking for content and consistency of key Biblical terms, the creation of Bible dictionaries, and mass editing (like advanced search and replace). It allows us to backup our work and mark points in a project’s history so we can revert back to a prior state after major changes (if necessary).”
Smolders is clearly committed to his technological support system. He adds that Paratext “makes it possible for teams to work with each other remotely via the internet. When we draft a text, like a chapter or book, we then sync it with all computers which have permission to view the project. Others can then post their comments on the text and make recommendations for changes as necessary, or record questions to be addressed during checking sessions. When an expert comes in to do an exegetical checking session, we add him or her to the project users list, sync our work with their computer, and receive their questions in return. All this makes the work of translation much more efficient than it otherwise would be, and greatly increases the amount of work that can be accomplished during face-to-face work.”
Naylor forsees the development of better checking tools for “target languages based on algorithms looking for patterns of speech.” Smolders says, “I know that there are people currently working on software which will help translation teams produce first drafts of biblical texts quicker (that is, a draft which a human team will take and revise, not a publishable book). Often, this first draft is the most difficult part of the process, since it takes the most creativity. Think about it like the difference between changing the lyrics or tune of a song (editing a draft) and writing a song from scratch (producing a first draft). The latter is clearly the more difficult and time consuming of the two processes.
Stirche says Christians “need to know that Bible Translation is a task that takes a long time. This is important inasmuch that our society is at a fast pace. Even people in the church are often more interested in supporting projects where you see immediate results. There is a great need for people with perseverance and willingness to go and be uncomfortable!
People need to know that Bible Translation is fascinating and very exciting!”
Naylor applauds the collaboration of societies such as the Bible Society and Wycliffe in their cooperation and development of translation tools. The Bible Society’s Paratext program coupled with “exegetical resources in SIL’s Translators workshop which is delivered through the Logos Bible program and synced with Paratext” is one example of this.
Stirche says “One thing that remains the same is that a translation needs to be checked by real people who speak the language. Proper research on the language still takes a lot of time even with facilitating technical tools.
Another thing that remains the same: people still need to go FIRST to the people without the Bible, learn their language, analyze it and develop an alphabet, then start training people along the process of translating the Bible!
Nearly five years ago, Give the Word was two years into our launch in Winnipeg, MB. We were a growing ministry, raising funds to give away Bibles for free to ministries that needed them across Canada.
One morning, we received a call from Reynold Maines (the son of David Maines who founded 100 Huntley Street). Reynold says, “I don’t know if you remember me but I was in Winnipeg awhile ago and we were briefly introduced. You didn’t have time to chat long but you gave me one of your Bibles and your business card.” He went on to say how they had a ministry in Uganda that was in desperate need of Bibles for community outreach and evangelism. He specified how they were looking for 500-1000 copies of the New Living Translation Bible in hardcover that would be suitable for outreach and asked if Give the Word would be able to donate them.
As much as I wanted to be able to say yes, we were not yet in the position to provide for this request. We did not have these Bibles in stock which meant we would have to take this on as a new project and raise funds for it. One thousand hardcover Bibles is no small price tag. I relayed to Reynold that we were still a small ministry and that we would not be able to provide those Bibles at this time and that we were also not set up to be able to ship a large order like this overseas, due to the high cost. He replied, “No problem at all. I didn’t know how big or small of an organization you were and figured I would just ask.”
I hung up the phone, moved on with my day and put it out of my mind.
That same night, around 6 pm, I get a phone call from Regina. It was a businessman who was asking about Give the Word. He said “We don’t know each other but I’ve been following online what you guys are doing, and noticed that you give away the New Living Translation.” “We sure do,” I told him,“what can I help you with?”
He went on to tell me his story of how he got saved through someone giving him a New Living Translation Bible and God has put it on his heart to give others that same opportunity. He ended up funding a project with his own money to have 10,000 copies printed of the New Living Translation Bible in hardcover that was designed for outreach, that also has his own personal testimony of salvation in it. He shared that an entire distribution plan for these Bibles had recently fallen apart. He says to me “Ryan, I have 10,000 Hardcover NLT Bibles in my warehouse, I don’t know what to do with. I know that my ministry can’t continue like I had planned but I’d like it to continue through Give the Word and I would like to donate the entire 10,000 Bibles to you”.
Ummm WHAT?? That’s about $150,000 worth of Bibles for absolutely free, and these were the exact Bibles that Reynold was asking for in Uganda and now we were being offered 10 times what they needed.
We accepted the offer and they were shipped to us a few days later. We even had all 10 pallets of them shipped for free from a local trucking company.
I called Reynold back and told him the news that we had the Bibles he needed, and all we had to do was figure out shipping to Uganda.
A day or two after the news about getting the Bibles for free, I visited one of our donors. He owns a farm equipment company. I sat down with him in his office and before we even started the meeting, he hands me a cheque for $10,000 and says to use it wherever it’s needed. Amazing! I decided to tell him about what had just happened and asked if he would be ok with us using some of this cheque to ship 1,000 Bibles to Uganda. He pauses for a second and starts to chuckle. He says “Ryan, I am filling a container of farm equipment at this very moment that is destined for Uganda for a humanitarian project I am working on. Why don’t I just put the Bibles in my container and that way it costs you nothing.
I was floored! Twenty-four hours ago, this Bible request was an impossible ask, but God was at work here long before those Bible were even requests – and we had 9,000 Bibles left over.
I called Reynold and told him the news. We both just laughed and thanked God for orchestrating the impossible. To make it even sweeter, the distance from where the container was going to in Uganda to where the ministry was that needed the Bibles was only a 1 hour drive.
God’s word never returns void. It’s one of God’s many promises. Isaiah 55:11 says God’s word will never return void, but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it.
PS…the other 9000 Bibles were donated to Bible camps across Canada as well as to some Inuit communities in Nunavut, Canada. (We even had an airline fly them up north at no cost.) Praise the Lord!
The last Christian on Earth
by John Hall, Mission Central
If you were the last Christian on the earth and the final directive you received was, “Plant a church!”, would Christianity die with you?
Well, let’s assume you‘re a motivated individual. The first thing you might do is take a public speaking course to up your preaching game. Then, if you’re anything like me, you’d find someone who could sing and possibly play an instrument, so that your worship time wouldn’t bomb. As someone who is adept at taking advantage of hindsight, you realize that children are the future. (You probably heard that in a song, but it still seems true…) Accordingly, you make a priority of finding someone to lead the children’s program. Unfortunately, you’re not married so you can’t get your wife to do it.
Getting people to make donations to the church might be a problem because the government revoked charitable status for churches a few years earlier, but, hey, you never know until you ask. In the short term, you don’t think you need a building because your group is small – just “me, myself and I”, as someone once said. Even with the low attendance, you think it was worth the cost to invest in the LED light bar, because in your clubbing experience, lighting has a huge impact on mood. With a nod to the importance of hospitality, you bake some fresh cookies and rinse with Listerine and open your door promptly at 10am on Sunday morning. There is no doubt in your mind that the model is sound, and that within twelve months you’ll have a smashing success—or will you?
At the recent Evangelical Missiological Society meeting, one of the phrases that jumped out at me was, “We’re planting services, not churches.” This is the cautionary statement that prompted the story above and is worth taking note of. One of the core characteristics of Christ’s mission is that it results in disciples being made. In Canada, in 1996, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada study, God and Society in North America, indicated that “12 percent of Canadians were evangelical affiliates.” In 2015, that percentage dropped to 9 per cent and continued to decline, reaching 6 per cent today. This numerical decline is seen across all Christian traditions in Canada, but is most shocking among Evangelicals because, after all, aren’t we supposed to be the evangelistic ones?
The declining number of affiliates is not the only indicator that we may have a problem. According to Lifeway Research, the maturity of disciples is where we need to focus our attention, because maturity levels in the church are low. Lifeway suggests that, for too long, we’ve been measuring the wrong thing. We’ve taken our cue from organizational culture and measured things like attendance and giving for a sense of the health of our churches. Alternatively, Lifeway suggests that we measure the maturity of disciples. Their research identified eight attributes that “consistently show up in the lives of maturing disciples: Bible engagement, obeying God and denying self, serving God and others, sharing Christ, exercising faith, seeking God, building relationships, and being unashamed (transparency).” There are also two behaviours that impact all areas of a disciple’s maturity: regular confession of sins and Bible reading.
I’ve been aware of this research for a while. When I raise the issue with Christians, I get an acknowledgement of the importance of the attributes of a mature disciple for the health of the church. But, in the same breath, I usually hear that people are too busy to make a change to their lives. I admit that life is busy, but we can usually make time for the things we value.
The numbers seem to indicate that most of us value interaction on our devices more than maturity in Christ. As Rick Hiemstra says, in his Faith Today article, Not Christian Anymore, “The content on our devices might actually be good. But there’s an opportunity cost and it is important to consider that cost might be church, prayer, Bible reading, and small group. What if recovering our agency from the nudges – and consciously choosing the way our souls will be formed – could be a significant part of changing the trendlines?”
To conclude my diatribe, I want to share an analogy on the state of mission in the church. It struck me that the state of mission in the church has a parallel in Alberta’s economy. Two main points: First, in Alberta, there has been a steady reduction in the number of barrels of oil that are produced annually. This puts a strain on the whole economy. Systems related to oil production get more streamlined but eventually you can’t get the system to work any better. What you need is more oil or higher prices.
Second, there is a growing awareness that for long-term stability, there must be a shift from an oil-based economy to a new energy industry, such as renewables. Making this shift takes time and money, both of which are in short supply.
The same seems to be true for the disciple-making part of the mission of the church. Fewer mature disciples – the “energy” of the church – means that the part that produces more mature disciples is under greater and greater strain. The only solution is to change our focus of ministry, or “industry”, to another.
Continuing to invest time and money into a dying industry, hoping that something is going to change, is foolish. We need a plan to shift to a renewable form of energy. Somehow, we must stop planting services and start making disciples.
So, you love Jesus and you don’t want the church to die – what are you going to do about it?
Mission Central is a catalyst that inspires churches to be missional communities and individuals to become mature disciples of Jesus. Visit us at: www.missioncentral.ca
edited by Al Coats
Eritrea (the North Korea of Africa)
Meet one of the worst governments in the world, where missionaries are hunted and pastors imprisoned. Eritrea is under a communist system which is controlled by a brutal dictator, Isaias Afwerki.
For years, the little-known hermit country in Africa has been a terror to Christians and non-Christians alike. Employing some of the most inhumane policies on the continent, Eritrea has enforced indentured servitude to the military, zero freedom of speech or press, and complete control over all religious institutions. Making matters worse, offenders in Eritrea often face arrest and detention without due process. Ten percent of the population has fled the country, seeking asylum elsewhere.
Christians, including the rightful leader of the Eritrean Orthodox Church, have suffered decades-long imprisonment in unsanitary prisons. Prisoners are incarcerated in various types of places including warehouses, and shipping containers which are placed out in the desert where temperatures can reach almost 50 degrees Celcius during the day, and almost freezing at night, with no ventilation or sanitation. Many have died due to malnutrition, lack of healthcare, and abuse.
Evangelical and Pentecostal Christians have borne the brunt of the tyranny. There are only three legal Christian denominations: Lutheran, Eritrean Orthodox, and Catholic. All others are banned. To join one of these three legal denominations, one must make four promises: they are not to be “born again”, they will be loyal only to the government, they will not carry a Bible outside of their home or church, and if an applicant finds any missionaries, they will report the missionary to the police.
In 2019, hundreds of Christians were arrested. Many of them will likely never be freed from their illegal incarceration, but will suffer for years at the hands of their violent and hateful leaders. At one time, there were an estimated 3,000 Christians imprisoned for their faith.
However, we believe in hope for Eritrea. International Christian Concern has been distributing Scripture to hungry readers in the country and aiding victims of persecution at the hands of the government.
Please join us in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Eritrea.
by Yvonne Douma
Joe and Tammy Franklin (pseudonyms) grew up in a rural community where generous giving was the norm. Neighbours often went out of their way to help one another with seeding, equipment, or harvest. Their families both attended church where they put a weekly offering into the collection plate. Sunday school teachers taught them about money and generosity from a biblical perspective, and their parents continued the teaching at home, sometimes foregoing extras so the family could meet their charitable goals.
After they got married, Joe started his own farming business while Tammy worked as a teacher. They continued to live by their deeply-held beliefs about how they should earn, spend, and save their money following the principles modelled in the Bible. Over time, it became clear that their children were not growing up with the same kind of community they had known.
Joe and Tammy worried that generosity was being squeezed out of their modern life. Families, including their own, were incredibly busy. The couple asked their financial advisor about how they might increase their charitable donations. Their financial advisor referred them to Abundance Canada to talk about a Generosity Plan™.
Practicing Generosity Together
The Franklins wanted to model the principle of giving their “first fruits” to honour God and help others. I helped them set up a Gifting Fund™ that lets the entire family get involved in charitable giving. Each family member contributes what they can to the fund, and then everyone gets together at regular intervals to recommend the charities they want to support.
The younger members of the family benefit from seeing the adults in their lives prioritize charitable giving as they grow into making their own donations, and everyone gets to experience the joy of giving to causes they care about. Even as the family has expanded, the foundation has helped to keep everyone connected.
Abundance Canada is a faith-based public foundation, registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. We help people realize their philanthropy and giving potential in their lifetime and beyond. Charity registration number: 12925-3308-RR0001.
Visit abundance.ca to learn more.
Christian Friends of Israel offers Christian Friendship and support for Jewish people and the Nation of Israel, having a clear Biblical mandate for this hour in history. Christians are being called upon to uphold Israel and her right to exist. Now, more than ever, the Jewish people need Christians who will not only Pray for the peace of Jerusalem but openly stand on their behalf.
Some of our projects:
o Project Open Gates – assisting new immigrants from many countries return to the promised land – Israel
o Project Streams of Blessing – assisting elderly people and poor from many walks of life
o Project Bridal Salon – providing attire to Brides and Grooms at no cost
o Project Forsake Them Not – helping needy and sick Holocaust survivors
o Project David’s Shield – outreach to the Israeli soldiers
o Project Under His Wings – binding up psychological wounds and scars for victims of terrorism
o Project Communities Under Attack – reaching out to victims of rocket attacks
o Media and Development – supporting truthful information about Israel to be spread globally
o First Fruit – sowing seed into Israel – prayer and financial support.
MissionsFest Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2020 Booth 716
Iron Sharpens Iron – CSB Men’s Network
In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus tells us, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” We are told to spread the Good News, no matter the circumstances.
In Matthew 10:16 says, “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” This is the time for us to be wise.
In Romans 8:28, the Bible assures us “…that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” COVID-19 has disrupted our world; it is for HIS purpose.
Our plans have changed, but not our purpose, or yours. We build men of every generation. ISI-2020 has been postponed. Go to www.csbbc.org/mens-network.
Christianity Explored (CE) is an outreach ministry which was developed in a church in London, England, in the early 2000’s by evangelist Rico Tice, under the leadership of John Stott. It involves a seven week journey through the Gospel of Mark to look at Jesus from three perspectives: Identity (Who is he?), Mission (Why did he come?), and Call (invitation to follow him and what does it mean to do so.) It uses the format that has proven effective in communicating the Gospel message to todays, lesser-churched culture – invitation, food, talk, discussion – where guests are welcomed unconditionally and encouraged to ask any question or offer any opinion without ridicule or condemnation.
CE has resources not only for leading people to a first-time relationship with Jesus Christ, but for discipling and deepening the faith of those God has brought to that new relationship through other means.
As Paul put it in 1 Corinthians, discipling is saying, “follow me as I follow Christ”.
Our disciplers at Discipleship International have all had mature Christians come along beside them and say follow me as I follow Christ and then encouraged them to do likewise with other Christians.
To be a true disciple of Christ we need to be equipped and established in our faith and that is the focus of our ministry.
The key to becoming a mature Believer is how much time we spend with Jesus. “To be little with God is to be little for God”.
If you are at a place in your life where you hunger to go deeper in your relationship with God, contact at us at Discipleship International and let us guide and equip you to be a true disciple (follower) of Jesus within your local church by spending more time with Him and having mature Christians teaching you and keeping you accountable to be a true Christ follower.
Imagine the impact us as believers would have if every single one of us would take opportunities to share the gospel. This world would look so much different. And yet, this is EXACTLY what Jesus has asked of every single believer. Not a single believer is exempt from the task of sharing the gospel. Many of us ask God for opportunities to share our faith but when the opportunity comes, we shy away or consider it “too awkward”. I get that we are not all evangelists at heart. Some of us are a little more introverted….but is there anything at all that is preventing you from giving someone the Word of God? Jesus often preceded his gospel message with an act of service, love, or a miracle, which then gave Him an opening to share the gospel. What if we would do that? Go and do something so outrageous for someone that is causes them to ask you. “Why would you do that for me”? And then tell them and give them a Bible. It’s that simple, and it works. If you need a Bible to give away, we’ll send you one.
Visit us on Facebook @givetheword
God’s Power to Transform Cities
Great Commission Media Ministries uses all the media simultaneously to proclaim the Gospel in a major city, nonstop, for a 30-day period, an idea conceived of the Holy Spirit. These month-long Mega City campaigns utilize local TV, radio, outdoor ads, billboards, banners, signs, light boxes, ads on buses and taxis, ads in newspapers, and a specially-produced evangelism book. The book has 15 high-impact transformation stories, the road map to new life in Jesus, and the prayer of salvation.
This coordinated use of media would practically reach a whole city. Participating local churches work closely with GCM Ministries during these campaigns and follow up on new Christians.
A call center operates 24/7 to receive calls from people searching for faith in God. Callers would receive the book on transformation through faith in Jesus.
God’s Miracle in Tanzania
The highly effective, mega-city media campaign in Tanzania was held in November 2019.
Over 140,000 people have called the call centre to find out how their lives can change. An incredible 70% of calls are from Muslims. For many Muslims, it is a risky step of faith to contact a Christian call center or talk to believers.
One of the stories in the evangelistic campaign book and in all major media in Tanzania was about a home grown Muslim named Mesek.
Mesek was on a mission to convert every Christian in Tanzania to Islam. But, in the process, Jesus saved his soul and delivered him from the clutches of Satan. He was a Tanzanian “Saul of Tarsus” on an unholy mission. Mesek’s transformation story triggered thousands of calls from Muslims across Tanzania, wanting to know more about his faith in the God of the Bible.
We originally printed 30,000 evangelism books for distribution, but we upped the printing to 90,000. The demand was so great that last week we placed an order for 100,000 more books. A massive follow-up operation is now taking place.
This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a testimony to all nations. Let us go together into all the world and preach the Gospel. Matthew 24:14, Mark 16:15.
For more information or to partner with us in missions, go to our website: www.gcmministries.com or call us toll free: 877-674-5630.
Spend a summer living out the gospel across Europe with the Ten2 Project! Our name comes from Luke 10:2, where Jesus says that, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Ten2 is a unique, 11-week summer program that gives college students an insider opportunity to see God at work in Europe with European and Greater Europe Mission (GEM) Christian workers. If you want to impact your world for Christ, keep your eyes on Europe because of the incredible opportunity it represents in global ministry. Europe is unreached, influential, and connected in a way that no other field is!
Find out how you can make a difference and participate in this incredible, life-changing summer at www.ten2project.org, and see what others have to say on Instagram @ten2project and #ten2project.
Through protecting, nurturing and educating children, we aim to move them from a place of not life to life. Our work is literally about life and death as we provide comprehensive care to street children, abandoned children, slave children, and other socio-economically disadvantaged children. We touch the lives of a wide range of children through meaningful school- and community-based programs by standing in the gap so that these children choose life.
Your big-hearted partnership will bring disadvantaged children in the Himalayas from a place of not life to life. So thank you for the part that you play in making these children flourish.
This past year, we served over 2,085 children through all of our programs. Of these, 231 children were provided homes! In addition, through these programs, we helped provide 323,000 meals.
Haven was founded 86 years ago by Paul Meyers. Awoken from an alcoholic stupor on a San Diego pier by the sound of a ship’s bell ringing eight times, signalling “all’s well,” Paul went back to his cheap hotel room and started reading the Gideon’s Bible. That day he met Jesus.
In March 1934, Paul Meyers went on air with the first radio broadcast of Haven of Rest. Each program began with 8 tolls of a bell, the greeting, “AHOY THERE SHIPMATE… EIGHT BELLS AND ALL’S WELL,” and the hymn, “I’ve anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest; I’ll sail the wide seas no more; The tempest may sweep over wild, stormy, deep; In Jesus, I’m safe evermore.”
Our current speaker, Charles Morris, has been described as almost Canadian, a non-partisan pastor and “the man with the lullaby voice… like Mr. Rogers!” As I have come to know Charles personally, he is what you hear on the radio – a thoughtful communicator who genuinely wants everyone to experience the pure joy that comes from knowing Jesus.
Today, the daily broadcast, now called Haven Today, airs on 650 stations across North America and around the world, with a weekly listenership of over 1,000,000. The ministry also offers the Anchor Daily Devotional and El Faro, Haven’s Spanish radio broadcast in Cuba.
As Jesus came to calm the storms of life, literally and spiritually, Haven is one of God’s instruments to help rescue people in the storms of their lives. “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble… and he guided them to their desired haven.” Psalms 107:28-30. Please stop by to meet our team at Haven Canada, #302 – 1777 56th Street, Tsawwassen, BC.
The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) was founded in 1980 by a group of Christian visionaries who paved the way for God’s work between Israel and His Church. ICEJ has progressed to include Aliyah, helping to build bomb shelters, advocacy for the State of Israel, the Feast of Tabernacles, support for Holocaust survivors and more.
ICEJ has also built strategic partnerships with Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem Post, Knesset and private Israeli institutions. We are proud to have inspired a pathway of encouragement between Evangelicals and Israel.
One of the ways we are helping to reverse centuries of Christian anti-Semitism is by educating the next generation of young Christian leaders with the truth about Israel.
Last year, 10 of our top young leaders attended monthly advocacy and leadership training which focused on support of Israel. These students were handpicked for their eagerness to learn about Israel advocacy and their faithful commitment to the Lord’s biblical mandate to love and bless the Jewish people.
After receiving in-depth instruction and training, our students went on a 12-day visit to Israel in July. They returned invigorated and equipped to defeat the insidious BDS movement, debunk lies about Israel and advance that Israel is the only beacon of freedom and democracy in the Middle East.
At 40, the ICEJ looks back with awe and thankfulness on the miracles God worked through our ministry in the past four decades.
Because of your generous support, ICEJ Canada will continue educating about and supporting Israel.
We need your generous support to continue with this educational program.
Please help us and visit http://icejcanada.org/banquet or call 1-866-324-9133.
Reaching the Suffering
Sometimes ministry to seafarers involves visiting sick crew members. At the beginning of March a Lighthouse chaplain learned of a Burmese seafarer, Saw, who was in a local hospital. Saw had apparently experienced some type of stroke. At about fifty years of age this engine fitter (welder, fabricator) is the income earner for his wife and two children. If he is not able to completely recover from his stroke, his family will suffer significant financial hardship. So, his problem is serious.
While ministering to Saw, the chaplain tried to encourage the him with some spicy food and small items intended to lessen his boredom. Most importantly, however, some Gospel materials in Burmese were given to Saw. One of them, an audio player, was of particular interest to the seafarer and he said he liked to listen to it at night. Please pray for Saw’s salvation and full recovery from his stroke.
For more information: www.sealight.org
At M2/W2 Association – Restorative Christian Ministries, we believe in second chances. After all, each of us got a second chance. We chose to turn away from one path and discover what God has for us on another – the narrow path of faith. Everyone’s journey is different, though, and we face unique obstacles.
For someone who is in prison or transitioning back into society, belief in a second chance is critical. It’s a source of hope and purpose. When you believe that change is possible, it empowers you to live for something bigger than yourself.
Our organization has three programs, each designed to support and encourage people who are committed to change yet face the emotional, spiritual, and physical obstacles that often result from incarceration.
For over five decades, our one-on-one mentorship program has been equipping volunteers to go into prisons and build relationships with people behind bars. In time, these connections become lasting friendships based on mutual respect and affection.
At Hidden Treasures Thrift Stores in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, inmates on work release gain employment experience alongside store staff and volunteers from the community. The proceeds from selling quality used items help support our ministry.
The No One Leaves Alone (NOLA) program lifts up former inmates as they seek restoration and healing as free men and women. Each NOLA member works with a circle of volunteers and staff who help that member find their place in the community and make the most of their second chance. To learn how you can make an impact visit m2w2.com
I want to make the most difference possible when it comes to reaching out to those who have yet to experience a relationship with Jesus. The older I get, the more I understand the concept of making disciples.
The one-to-one relationship gets most of my time. Although I may still dream of the masses coming to faith, I know it is my gift of time to disciple that makes most of the difference. It happened with Jesus, and it happened with Paul, and it has happened with so many others.
Those we spend time with may become the next generational leaders. “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2.
Visit us at www.mecocanada.ca.
Erwin van Laar is the President of MECO Canada, called to serve those in and from the Middle East
You have been brought near so that you can encounter the risen Lord and follow his example, ‘love one another as I have loved you’ John 13:34. Your response has been made essential in showing God’s love for the world.
The work of seafarers in supplying us with what we need esp. in times of crisis means that they offer an essential service to all of us and we acknowledge that at the Mission to Seafarers and your prayers and other ways you can say and show thanks do too.
Go to www.flyingangel.ca to learn more.
Our missionaries are active across Canada in evangelism, discipling, and ministering to the needs of the whole person. We do these within the framework of the bigger picture – we believe that establishing local fellowship groups and churches is central to the Great Commission and the building of God’s Kingdom among Canada’s First Peoples.
There are still many Aboriginal communities without a healthy Bible-based church. Can you imagine anything more rewarding than seeing, firsthand, a church planted where there previously wasn’t one?
We have career church multiplying opportunities, as well as short- and long-term ministry openings in Bible camps, publishing, television, office, and facilities maintenance.
Visit our website (www.ncem.ca) or call 306-764-3388. See how God is working among Canada’s First Peoples when you tune in to our TV program Tribal Trails … or watch anytime online at www.tribaltrails.org … and come see us at Missions Fest Vancouver, Jan. 31-Feb. 1!
Out of Zion Ministries is based on Mt. Carmel in northern Israel. Founder David Silver immigrated to Israel with his wife Josie and two sons in 1992.
David and Josie began to participate in evangelism campaigns in Russia and Central Asia in 1995, planting Messianic congregations and seeing large numbers of Jewish people coming into the Kingdom.
In 1997, David sensed the LORD directing him to take the message of the Biblical relationship of the Church, Israel and the Jewish people, to the nations. Since that time, David has ministered the Word of GOD in more than 40 nations, and has been coming to Canada since 2003.
David has written a book, A Slow Train Coming, which is a very simple but informative look at the history, present and future of Israel and the Church. The Out of Zion website contains numerous articles and teaching videos that scriptually clarify this very important subject.
People International Canada serves in greater Central Asia often referred to as the Stans. Our friends and those we minister to are shop keepers, teachers, bakers, taxi drivers, grandmas, farmers and business people. Our goal is to invest in local believers and build up the local churches. In one country we work in, a “Gypsy” or Roma ministry has begun. One of our team members has a special interest in Gypsies. He ministers in a gypsy community where many have now come to Jesus. Not only have they decided to follow Jesus, but the decision has changed their lives: they have registered their marriages, put their children in school, and started working! No one has ever heard of such life changes before in this country. This is the real outcome of sharing Jesus in hard-to-reach places. People’s lives are transformed. Communities are changed for the good.
At Rock Solid Refuge, we focus on what we believe every healthy home with kids and teens should focus on. Things that will make life rich in the long run and also make our teens lives make a positive impact on the world they live in.
Here are our goals: Maturity, Responsibility, and Charity
James 1:4 says “Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
What are some other character qualities that help us work towards those goals? Respect, honesty, and obedience. These qualities are what we want as the cultural norms in our homes and to which we hold our kids and teens accountable. Think about all the rules that you create fitting under one of those headings in order to simplify the panorama of expectations.
What are the approaches to work these qualities into our children’s and youth’s’ lives? Role model, relational influence, and authority in appropriate balance.
Our kids will listen to what they see more than what we say. Rules without relationship cause rebellion. Relationship without rules also causes rebellion.
For more on this, or other parenting topics, go to https://rocksolidrefuge.com/resources.
“I want my children to have a healthier life”
Canadians like you are providing families with safe water through Samaritan’s Purse.
Clara watched the chlorine tablets dissolve into a pail of murky water. She had just scooped the cloudy liquid from a shallow, open well near her home in rural El Salvador. She hoped the tablets worked.
They didn’t always. But for Clara, that water was her only option. More often than not, the 52-year-old widow watched her two daughters and three grandchildren suffer terribly from the parasites lurking within.
Her nine-year-old grandson, Diego, suffered the most. His stomach pain left him lying in bed, unable to go to school or be the active kid he was. With what little money she had, Clara took him for treatment. “It helps for a while until the parasites return,” she said.
“His school grades have gone down, and I’m worried about his future,” Clara whispered with concern. “I want my children and grandchildren to have a healthier life.”
Your gift of safe water, made through Samaritan’s Purse, can make it a reality.
Please visit SamaritansPurse.ca to learn more about how you can provide safe water in the developing world.
In Clara’s community, Canadian donors made it possible for churches to partner with Samaritan’s Purse to install a BioSand Water Filter in her home. These filters, a Canadian invention, are low-maintenance, require no power source and have no parts to break down.
Thanks to generous people like you, Samaritan’s Purse has been installing BioSand filters for more than 20 years. Even the earliest installations are still providing safe water for families in the developing world.
“With a filter, we won’t have anything bad in our water and I’ll have more peace of mind,” Clara said.
Clara learned how her filter works, how to care for it, and how to teach her family disease-preventing hygiene practices like handwashing. She even helped construct filters for her neighbours.
Through it all, she became close with believers in her village, which led to conversations about water more important than what came out of her filter—the Living Water of Jesus Christ. In 2019, 111 people like Clara were discipled and learned more about Jesus through the installation of BioSand Water Filters in El Salvador. Praise God!
The Messianic Times has the distinction of being the only international Messianic Jewish newspaper in the world. The newspaper began in 1990 with a vision that coincided with the explosive growth of the end time revival of the Jewish People which continues to this very day.
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We provide accurate, authoritative, and current information to unite the international Messianic Jewish community, teach Christians the Jewish roots of their faith, and proclaim that Yeshua is the Jewish Messiah.
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As we begin this new decade, we feel it is time that we expand the nature, and reach of The Messianic Times ministry by launching a new outreach initiative called, Times of the Messiah (TOTM), actively supporting individuals who desperately need assistance. As a publication, our desire is to continue our mission and purpose by adding depth to the impact we are able to make in the community.
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